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How To Install A Heavy Bag Hanger

Robert Green
Published: July 15, 2021
Updated: July 17, 2021

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This article will help you install a heavy bag hanger in your home or gym.

It provides instructions on how to build and hang the perfect heavy bag holder for your needs. The guide also includes tips on what to consider before installing one, as well as safety precautions that should be taken while mounting it. This is an essential read for any person who wants to get their workout routine off the ground with minimal effort.

First, We recommend that you read our guide on the best heavy bag hangers on the market today. Once you’ve identified the product and style that you want, this article will be much more helpful!

A heavy bag hanger is a device that is used to hang your heavy bag from the ceiling. It will be generally made out of metal and have a circular end so that the heavy bag's weight can be evenly distributed. You can typically find these in sports stores, but some retailers will sell them online too.

When building a home gym, one of the first thing that people do in combat sports is purchase a heavy bag and hang it. To do that, you will need to install a heavy bag hanger. There are several different types of heavy bag hangers, in this article we will teach you how to install a wall mount and a ceiling mount variation.

There are additional styles of hanger, but these don't really require as much installation work, so we won't be discussing that in this article.

With that said, let's get into the guide!

The first thing you need to do if you want to install a heavy bag is decide where the bag will be hung. Generally, it will go on an outside wall facing into your gym space. If possible, choose an area free of overhanging objects and walls that may obstruct your movement.

If mounting from the ceiling, be sure that the bag won't swing into anything valuable when kicking or punching it.

When installing a heavy bag in there, the first thing that should be on your mind is safety. Will the bag it into anybody or anything? If it won't, then you can proceed to installing a hanger and hooking up your bag!

How To Install Wall Mount Heavy Bag Hangers

A wall mount heavy bag hanger is one that is mounted onto the wall and pokes out perpendicularly. You'll see a lot of these in home gyms as well as smaller professional MMA gyms that need to save room. It's important that you install these correctly because if you don't you could damage your drywall.

When installing a wall mount heavy bag hanger, first determine what service you will be installing it on. Wood, concrete, drywall, or something else?

Concrete is your best option because it gives a great place for the installation hardware to anchor into, and you know that your heavy bag hanger will never ripped out of the wall.

If installing in dry wall or wood, you will first need to determine if it is suitable for a wall mount heavy bag hanger. With the drywall, you will need to find studs within the wall. With Wood, just make sure that it is thick enough to handle the weight of the bag. It should be at least 4 inches thick.

For the concrete, you simply need to screw in the heavy bag hanger with concrete screws. With some set ups, they come with self tapping concrete screws, and with others you'll need to buy some. We recommend this brand:

If installing on wood or drywall, you will need to first find studs in the wall. Then, drill horizontal wooden beams into those studs. Use the diagram below, right side, to see how that installation would work.

For some, a single piece of wood is enough, and for others, you'll need to use two pieces of wood.

Psst! This product was actually featured in our best heavy bag mounts for MMA buying guide.

You can also use a thick piece of plywood, the main idea here is that you are distributing the weight by anchoring it into several different studs in the wall. Here is what a properly installed wall mounted heavy bag holder should look like in a garage:

Sourced from Amazon Review by Mikayla Kracko on Dec 01, 2020

How To Install Ceiling Mount Heavy Bag Hangers

Just like a wall mount, the ceiling mount screws into its respective name: a ceiling. However, in many cases this may be an easier installation because there are much thicker beams running through ceilings, which may be exposed to you. First, make sure you are placing the bag in a place that won't injure anybody else or yourself.

If you have any exposed beams in the ceiling, you're in luck. Simply screw the ceiling mount heavy bag hanger into the exposed wooden or steel beam. If it's a steel beam, you may want to drill holes through it, and then use bolts instead of screws.

If you have a traditional ceiling, you will need to find beams running through it. Luckily, the beams running through many ceilings are much thicker than studs in normal walls. If you have a 4 x 4 beam, you can screw the ceiling mount bag hanger directly into it.

If you don't, simply follow the directions above, finding the studs and screwing several wooden planks across a few of them to distribute the weight. Then, screw the ceiling mount heavy bag hanger directly into those planks.

Here's what the proper installation with the wood plank would look like:

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Sourced from Amazon Review by Kelsey N on Apr 04, 2020

And if you have an exposed wooden beam, your life gets even easier:

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Sourced from Amazon Review by Philip C Denson on Mar 03, 2019

Which style of heavy bag hanger is easiest to install?

In our experience the ceiling mount heavy bag hanger is the easiest to install. You simply have to anchor the hanger into the ceiling. There's also a lot less stress as the weight isn't perpendicular to the wall, instead it is directly anchored into the ceiling. The ceiling is also typically have thicker exposed beams that you can screw directly into, removing the need to have that board running between joists or studs.

The article on heavy bag hangers that we have provided has given you the information that you need to properly install a heavy bag hanger. It goes into detail about the different types of hangers and how they are installed. These hangers are found in boxing gyms and MMA gyms all across the world, so it's important that people know how to install them safely.

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